The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. The #WhyWait inventors have put the finishing touches on their inventions, and now it’s time to find out which team’s creation will pass the final test.

The panel of judges making the decision are Saura Naderi, an educator who’s the lead engineer at Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab (which has introduced hands-on robotics and engineering concepts to 2,000 students and counting), Tenaya Hurst, an Arduino expert whose passion is wearable tech, and Seth Porges, a tech journalist who’s written for publications including Popular Mechanics and Maxim.

Heading into the deliberations, the teams appear to be neck-and-neck: Team A is presenting the connected car, a nifty device designed to give an instant upgrade to any automobile’s IQ, while Team B has cooked up a self-protecting bag wired to sound an alarm — as well as alert its owner via smartwatch — should anyone try to steal it. Both inventions are fresh, different, and consumer-friendly.

The grand prize is nothing to sneeze at: $5,000, a Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c, and a chance to present their invention at the Qualcomm booth at CES 2016. They’ll also be profiled in an upcoming post that will run on Gizmodo.


Which team will prevail? Watch the finale to find out. (And if you’ve missed any episodes so far, catch up on the rest of the Invent-Off here.)

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